House Bill 13: State lawmakers are considering legislation (HB-13) that would make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course.
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Those in favor of the bill say the legislation would help save lives without denying any responsible person the right to transfer or own a firearm. They add that gun owners, their families and their communities would benefit from being assured that gun owners know how to properly handle a firearm. They point out that the state protects the public by ensuring that drivers are qualified to handle motor vehicles, and they should be just as careful to protect the public by ensuring that gun owners are qualified to handle firearms.
Those against the bill say it is just another way to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens, while leaving law breakers free to be heavily armed. They point out that the Second Amendment gives Americans a fundamental right to own and possess firearms, and they say that is the strongest state right. They say the cost of training would essentially be a tax, while scheduling and taking the training courses would essentially be a waiting period for this constitutional right. They add that law-abiding gun sellers don’t need more time-consuming, expensive regulations to be placed on their trade.
Should the Louisiana make it unlawful for a federal firearm licensed dealer to transfer a firearm without verifying that the purchaser has completed a gun safety training course?